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Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 17
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 07-06-2001

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Photo of goochpunch
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a bright gold with a large, fizzy head that dies too quickly. A good many fat bubbles rise to the top. The nose is full of apples and nuts with a phenolic edge. Very crisp. Flavor is very bready, with wheat crackers, and apple juice. I like how, with each sip, I get that tart feeling in the back of my mouth near the molars. Like drikning cranberry juice (in the sense of the tartness only). This is all brought down in the aftertaste of band-aids. The band-aids are killing this for me. Crisply carbonated with a moderately light weight on the tongue. This is decent enough, but the weird aftertaste ruins the drinkability on this one.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as a birthday present (thanks, Jess), the bottle is standard German brown half liter with silver foil on the tapered neck and a silver and blue label featuring a happy monk hold a liter Masskrug. Purity law applies, of course. Best before the end of October, I opened it on 3/3/06.

Pours a crystal clear fairly deep gold under a two finger white head that recedes every so slowly, with lots of body, leaving lovely sheets of lace. The nose is full of spice and citrus, with clove and lemon the predominant strains. The mouth is well carbonated and fairly heavy, almost sticking to the tongue. The taste is tart, with the lemon dominating. Lots of clove, too, and perhaps a bit of coriander. A touch of bitter hops emerges very late, but the overwhelming impression is slightly sour and very spicey, with a definite touch of wheat. Nice summer quaffer.

Photo of daliandragon
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, I realize its not exactly the time of year for this but I was just in the mood for a hefe. I like how this beer smells, its just so strange matching that banana clove sweet stench with the completely clear body and milky head...where does the sediment go? At any rate, the clear mellow gold color, the sugary hefe nose with a touch of citrus, sounds like we're good to go.
This is a nice, methodical, organized taste. The wheat is subtle but still intregal, and the mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated but otherwise spot on. This is a good hefe if not such an especially strong one. I find myself missing the sediment but only from a visual perspective as the taste and smell are textbook. Not one of my very favorite hefes but I wouldn't turn this down on a hot day.

Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a lot of searching I finally found the elusive Franziskaner Kristalklar!

Pours a super clear yellow colored beer with a massive white head that unfortunately dies fairly quickly.

Smell is a little metallic with a spicy cloves and bread scent. There is a fair bit of acid in the scent but I can't really call this lemony.

Taste is mostly bready with a good amount of clove spice and a lesser banana and Band-Aid flavors. Fairly strong herbal hop in the finish that is very strong by German standards for wheat beer. The aggressive hops add a good refreshing finish to what is for all intents and results a wheat lager beer.

Mouthfeel is good, but the carbonation might be a bit too much.

Excellent drinkability here. Much closer to a lager than a Weizen in experience this is a very good choice for when some summer bays you are just tired of HefeWeizen and need a change.

Photo of wl0307
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've always had doubts about clear Weissbier, though actually I've tried this type of beer only twice (Erdinger and Paulaner) in the past and can't really remember any goodies about them, as the cloudy ones always tend to almost immediately refresh my memories in favour of the positive elements of any Weissbier... Got this bottle recently at my local Sainsbury's at 1.33pounds, so I'd say it's a bargain and just in time for me to review my first Kristalklar on the BA website...

A: served in a 300ml Weissbier glass, it pours a pale-straw colour, with abundant, big fizz and a thick, fluffy, sponge-like white beerhead gradually settling down to a half-inch thick froth...
S: upfront there's refreshingly spicy aroma of cloves mixed with green bananas and freshly-cut wood chips, on top of some sour edge of wheats and a very special smell like Chinese red-bean paste!! Overall the nose is lively and nice but a bit one-dimensional.
T&M: crisp mouthfeel of malted wheats assumes itself first, while banana-flavoured candy and a weak flavour of mixed spices follow through immediately... graduallying warming up at the back of the throat and leaving a slightly peppery, dryish sweet, and clean finish. It goes down a bit too smoothly I even feel it's watery and bland at times, especially towards the end, and the aftertaste is kept at the minimum, to my disappointment. It's not a BAD beer, but not a very impressive one either.
D: this is the 3rd Kristalklar I've had in my life and it certainly helps me make up my mind to stick to Hefe-Weizen from this point on, as the latter provides much better value and enjoyment for money anyway...

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 23rd June 2005, Best by date end 06.05. ABV: 5%

Appearence quite good, poured nicely into beerglass with a great head forming (reminiscent of Duvel). Plenty of bubbles forming.

Smelt of very little really, fairly mild scents, hard to identify.

Taste was only okay, true to style (yeast filtered out) slightly "rusty pipe" flavour.

Mouthfeel was very nice, silky smooth, the best thing about the brew.

Drinkability, better than average but a little dissapointing.

Photo of clvand0
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love me some Franz. This one pours a yellow color with a tall head that has nice retention. Awesome aroma. Lots of banana, cloves, and grains - just what I like. The flavor is very much like the standard Franz, but the fruits come through a little better and this one seems to be a little more creamy. Very tasty. Excellent hefe.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this in Chicago-area last weekend. It pours a clean, straw color with a 3 finger head that sticks around nicely. The nose is nice and aromatic, with banana sweetness and clove. Slight creamyness as wel. The flavor is more mellow than the regular. Banana is more weak, clove is a little more forward. The flavor is clean, very refreshing. The feel is creamy, moderate, where I expect it to be. I am a big hefe fan, so the kristal is another that I tend to enjoy. I think I could drink more of these than the standard franz. I like the way this beer is built.

Photo of usualpulp
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a massive fluffy white head that lasts a long time, and leaves nice lacing down the glass.
The smell is very typical of a weizen, yeast , and wheat.
This beer is clean and crisp, nice wheat and citrus flavors, but just a little too carbonated. Taste is very similar to the franziskaner hefe, but the extra carbonation changes the beer signifigantly. Overall this is a good beer, just not something I would drink often.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bomber no freshness date.
Pours clear golden, with a huge fluffy marshmallow white head that lasted for what seemed like an eternity. As it slowly receded it left chunks of sticky lace in it’s wake.
Aroma is fruity and a little grainy.
Flavor is a litle fruity with a little pepper.
Finish is clean with a little touch of wheat.
I prefer the unfilterd version.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't seen this one around much lately, so when I spied some at Spec's I naturally picked some up. Club-Weisse's color is golden yellow, carbonation is moderate, and the head is huge and sticky. The aroma is of an average strength mix of cloves and bananas. Not much different in aroma than the Fraziskaner Hefe. The taste has an initial strong bite of banana-clove which then settles out to a more average level. Overall taste is enjoyably fruity and spicy. Mouthfeel is probably the standout feature of this beer. Club-Weisse is very active and crisp on the tongue. I was expecting this beer to be a lighter flavored version of their Hefe, but I was pleasently surprised with a very tasty and easy drinking beer.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So crisp and delicious. A fluffy head with healthy carbonation that rose up in lines from the bottom in my tall Weisse glass. Really nice citrusy and tart flavors. Has a light grainy malty taste and sourdough aftertaste.It does have a surprisingly substantial mouth feel for a filtered hefe. This club weisse will see itself on my summer beer roster, and I agree with venom don't ask for a lemon on my watch, it's best when drank alone.

Photo of kosmoraios
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting. Pours a very light yellow into my tulip glass (all that was clean at the time) with a huge white head that doesn't ever fully settle. Smells were definitely of wheat and french bread, with a wee hint of green bananna. Taste is of wheat, very light freshly baked sourdough, a hint of apple. A bit more complexity develops as it warms, but there's not too much to describe here. This beer is lighter than a hefe-weizen, and looks like an american macrobrew, except for the huge head. A bit too light in taste and texture for me, but the mouthfeel did boast a bit of pepperyness due mostly to the carbonation. Very drinkable, as it is so light. You could easily knock 2 750ml bottles out. Not my favorite, but I suppose that it is good for the style.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle. Pours a clear golden with a big rocky head that is almost pure white. Endlessly rising bubbles. Citrus aroma. Solid wheat flavor. Slightly fruity. The high carbonation makes it taste spicy. Fuller mouthfeel than I expected – probably because the color is similar to many cheap American lagers. This is my first Kristall-Weizen, and I’m now curious to try other versions.

Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Half-liter bottle in a Tucher weizen glass. I have some franziskaner glasses, but the Tuchers are much better quality.

Appearance: Very pale golden color with lots of very fine bubbles streaming upwards through the brew. A good inch of foam, lasting well, even though I poured it carefully.

Aroma: Fine, light fruity aroma (a little citrusy). Nice wheat smell too.

Flavor: Good wheat malt up front, with slight fruitiness, not enough to pin down as banana or other fruit. A lot less phenolic than the hefeweizen, but also creamier.

Body: Medium-light body, with spritzy carbonation and mouthfeel.

Bland compared to the hefe, but a good light summer beer.

Photo of WTexas
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hearty head into a weizen glass. Head remained until the end. Smell of bananas and esters but with a crisper (less creamy) taste and mouthfeel. Much more taste then I had expected from a "kristal", but the carbonation can verge on pungent at times. Overall, a very satisfying brew with a full taste and an excellent finish.

Photo of RoyalT
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a light yellow in color with some orangish tints. The big, fluffy weizeny head showed some good retention and left some nice lacing. The carbonation was gushing from the bottom of the glass.

Smell – The big yeast nose was light and fluffy. It was laced with orange and carried some wonderful banana notes. The light coriander spicing went well with everything.

Taste – The big, fruity flavors were complimented with some light clove. The traditional bananas, peach, and pears were tremendous. It lost most of the yeast that I picked up from the nose, though, which was a bit disappointing.

Mouthfeel – This one is somewhat bigger than light-bodied with modest carbonation.

Drinkability – This is a good example of the style but the taste and mouthfeel didn’t quite live up to the promise of the appearance and the nose.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant straw color. It is well carbonated and is topped by a thick off-white colored head. The aroma is lightly sweet with a mix of clove, grain, banana, and a bit of hoppy spiciness. The beer is quite crisp up front, it is followed by a soft fruity middle and finishes with a light astringent bitterness. There is some banana and clove notes here, they are a bit muted. This is a nice quaffable beer, nothing to get too excited about, but it is a good quality beer.

Photo of cypressbob
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with golden yellow body, a dense foaming head sits atop, good retention and some lacing

Smell, strong whiff of bananas, fruity phenols are the most prominant

Taste, thick malty body, bananas again coming through, fruity and slight hop bitterness, yeasty aftertaste

A good wheat, slightly less impressive than the standard though

Photo of Sigmund
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark.) Filtering off the goodies - what an idea! But that’s what Kristall Weissbiers are all about, for the benefit of people who wouldn’t dream of drinking a beer they can’t see through. With Franziskaner Kristallklar they get at least a decent aroma of banana and cloves, the beer is pale yellow and crystal clear indeed, pours with an enormous head. Flavour is crisp and moderately sweet, some cloves are there, but of course it’s not as good as the Hefe. Still a nice refreshment.

Photo of Ahhdball
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden yellow with a decent head.

Wheat and hops predomitly held my nose but failed to impress with anything else, maybe lemon, but faint.

Malty, wheat start. Clean crisp orange and lemon zest. Smooth clear cut finish. Very nice.

Bubbly feel springs in the mouth refreshingly crisp and leaves the mouth feeling velvety.

As far as drinkablity, this is good but I've had better German Weisse. Would I drink it again? Definitly.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a nice golden color with a HUGE head that died down to rings of lace along the sides of the glass.

The aroma was of wheat and aromatic hops with a very light skunkiness.

The taste was of light wheat, with a slight smokiness that became more pronounced on the aftertaste. It was also a little sweet.

This was quite unusual, not too bad, but not spectacular.

Photo of WesWes
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing wheat scent with a dry fruity yeast finish. The taste is decent. It has a sweet, yet dry wheat flavor with a smooth, crisp finish. It goes down easy, but has a lingering fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low/medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's light and smooth; a fine weisse.

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first Kristal-Weizen I've ever tried. Super-clear yellow-gold color, looks like an American Pilsner except with a big puffy head. Smells like grass and lemons, taste was kind of lemony as well and somewhat spicy, but too mild. This beer was OK but just not enough flavor for me, tasted almost watered down. The fizzy mouthfeel and clean finish will slake your thirst, but if I had a choice I'd take their Hefe-Weisse or Dunkel over this one.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale white gold. Fizzy, with a huge egg-shell head and quite lacy. Smells grassy and peppery. Light banana and clove aromas as well.

Taste is fruity wheat malt, underpinned nicely with wispy banana and clove flavors. Lightly bitter in the finish. Crisp and refreshing. Surprisingly good. Not only do the Germans make a superior hefeweizen, they may just make the best filtered wheats as well.

Franziskaner Club-Weisse Kristalklar from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
84 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.